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Level I Sailing Camp
Level I Sailing (Ages 8-10)
Campers will learn the basics of rigging, points of sail, sailing maneuvers, safety and recovery in a safe, fun environment. Certified instructors lead a variety of land- and water-based activities designed to promote comfort and independence in the boat. Sailors will receive US SAILING Little Red Sailing Certification Books at the completion of the course. Level 1 is open to all sailors looking for an introduction to dinghy sailing or to brush up on skills learned last year. A popular choice to take two years in a row.
Prerequisites: Basic swimming proficiency.
9am - 4pm
Session 1: June 25-29
Session 2: July 16-20
Session 3: July 30-August 3
Session 4: August 13-17
Level I Sailing (Ages 11-15)
Campers will learn the basics of rigging, points of sail, sailing maneuvers, safety and recovery in a safe, fun environment. Certified instructors lead a variety of land- and water-based activities designed to promote comfort and independence in the boat. Sailors will receive US SAILING Little Red Sailing Certification Books at the completion of the course. Level 1 is open to all sailors looking for an introduction to dinghy sailing or to brush up on skills learned last year. A popular choice to take two years in a row.
Prerequisites: Basic swimming proficiency.
9am - 4pm
Session 1: June 25-29
Session 2: July 16-20
Session 3: July 30-August 3
Session 4: August 13-17
Level II Sailing Camp
Level II Sailing (Ages 8-10)
This camp is a perfect follow up to the Level I camp, or, an ideal choice for young sailors who are already comfortable with the basics. Following a review of nomenclature and basic rigging, safety, and sailing maneuvers, sailors will advance to on-the-water activities that consolidate existing skills and teach new ones during longer sails around Burlington Bay.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level I. Able to right a capsized boat. Able to execute controlled tacks and jibes. Able to make headway upwind. Knowledgeable of basic sail trim.
This is a two-week camp that runs Monday-Friday.
9am - 4pm
Session 1: July 9-20
Session 2: July 23-August 3
Session 3: August 6-17
Level II Sailing (Ages 11-15)
This camp is a perfect follow up to the Level I camp, or, an ideal choice for young sailors who are already comfortable with the basics. Following a review of nomenclature and basic rigging, safety, and sailing maneuvers, sailors will advance to on-the-water activities that consolidate existing skills and teach new ones during longer sails around Burlington Bay.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level I. Able to right a capsized boat. Able to execute controlled tacks and jibes. Able to make headway upwind. Knowledgeable of basic sail trim.
This is a two-week camp that runs Monday-Friday.
9am - 4pm
Session 1: July 9-20
Session 2: July 23-August 3
Session 3: August 6-17
Level III Sailing Camp
Level III Sailing (Ages 11-16)
Building on the skills learned in Level I and II, this camp will refine on-the-water skills, boat-handling skills, and introduce advanced equipment. This program is designed for campers looking to advance their sailing skills without a focus on racing.
This is a two-week camp that runs Monday-Friday.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level I and II. Able to make precise tacks with little over/under steering. Generally able to avoid unplanned jibes. Feel comfortable and in control skippering a heeling dinghy in moderate wind.
9am - 4pm
Lake Adventure Stars and Stripes Edition
Lake Adventure: 3-Day Stars & Stripes Edition
(Ages 8-10)

Celebrate the days after 4th of July while playing on the water! This program is a 3-day version of our popular Lake Adventure camp, a great way to try out Sailing Center programming after the July 4th celebrations.
9am - 4pm
Lake Adventure: 3-Day Stars and Stripes Edition
(Ages 11-15)

Celebrate the days after 4th of July while playing on the water! This program is a 3-day version of our popular Lake Adventure camp, a great way to try out Sailing Center programming after the July 4th celebrations.
9am - 4pm
Lake Adventure Camp
Lake Adventure (Ages 8-10)
This camp is designed for adventurers who love to play on the Lake but would like to do more than just sail on it. We will explore Lake Champlain to the fullest from a variety of watercraft, including canoe/kayak excursions out to Lone Rock Point, paddleboarding to North Beach, and sailing adventures around Burlington Bay.
Prerequisites: Basic swimming proficiency.
9am - 4pm
Session 1: July 9-13
Session 2: July 23-27
Session 3: August 6-10
Session 4: August 20-24
Lake Adventure (Ages 11-15)
This camp is designed for adventurers who love to play on the Lake but would like to do more than just sail on it. We will explore Lake Champlain to the fullest from a variety of watercraft, including canoe/kayak excursions out to Lone Rock Point, paddleboarding to North Beach, and sailing adventures around Burlington Bay.
Prerequisites: Basic swimming proficiency.
9am - 4pm
Session 1: July 9-13
Session 2: July 23-27
Session 3: August 6-10
Session 4: August 20-24
Multi-activity Camps
Junior Big Boat (Ages 12 - 16)
Apply the skills you’ve learned in Level 1 & 2 to a new challenge – big boat sailing! Sailors will spend the week on board a larger keelboat learning the new crew roles and skipper responsibilities that go beyond those needed to sail small boats. This is an excellent camp to help dinghy sailors transition into the world of big boat sailing here on Lake Champlain.
Prerequisites: Completion of Level 1 & 2 and intermediate boat handling skills.
9am - 4pm
Junior Instructor Training (Ages 15-18)
Ready to take your sailing experience to the next level? Then become a Junior Instructor and let the CSC help lay the foundation of your professional sailing career! Junior Instructors help facilitate the day to day activities of youth camp at the CSC.
Prerequisites: Level III camp or equivalent
9am - 4pm
Art of Sail (Ages 8-10)NEW!
Art and Sailing
Creative campers will spend mornings making art inspired by wind, waves and water with ONE Art Center then learn to sail with the CSC in the afternoon. This camp offers participants the opportunity to explore the lake environment as both sailors and artist explorers. Each morning we will be inspired by the lake and create art. Each afternoon we will get out on the lake and learn the fundamental skills of sailing small boats.
Community Partner: ONE Arts Center
9am - 4pm
Gumby Guppies (Ages 6-7)
Yoga and Sailing
This is our only multi-camp for our youngest sailors! Our Gumby Guppies will enjoy a dynamic day of yoga and sailing. In partnership with Evolution Family Yoga Center, this camp will begin with the basics of yoga both on land and out on SUPs. After waking their bodies up with yoga, the campers will take to the water and learn the basics of sailing on our 23-foot keel boats.

Community Partner: Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center

Prerequisites: Campers should be prepared to do a brief swim check while wearing a PFD.
9am - 4pm
Yogirls and Sailing (Ages 8-10)
All Female Yoga and Sailing
In partnership with Evolution Yoga Family Yoga Center, the CSC is excited to provide a girls only camp that combines our love of yoga with our love of sailing. Through yoga and sailing, our campers will connect to both the land and the lake environments as they practice balance, gain strength and become more flexible in the outdoors. Campers will start their day with yoga both on land and on SUPs and learn the basics of sailing in dinghies in the afternoon.

Community Partner: Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center
9am - 4pm
Harvest and Halyards (Ages 8-10)NEW!
Farming and Sailing
This week long camp offers adventures on the farm and the lake! Campers will start their day in the Market Garden at Shelburne Farms where they'll work with the farmers and educators to harvest vegetables, take care of animals, and prepare farm-fresh snacks from the garden. In the afternoon campers learn the fundamentals of small boat sailing with the Community Sailing Center on Lake Champlain.
Community Partner: Shelburne Farms
9am - 4pm
Wheels in the Wind (Ages 12-16)NEW!
Urban Cycling and Sailing
Campers will connect with both the land and water in this biking and sailing camp. Mornings are spent teaching and modeling safe bicycle riding on the bike path, on city streets, and on mountain bike trails, learning bike handling skills and introductory mechanics. Old Spokes Home will provide properly fitting, safe, sturdy bikes and helmets for use during the week of the camp. Afternoons will take our campers down to the lake and onto the water as they explore the fundamentals of dinghy sailing. Additionally, campers will spend a full day biking in Colchester and a full day sailing at the CSC.
Community Partner: Old Spokes Home
9am - 4pm
Little Guppies Full Day

Co-Ed Climbing and Sailing
Rock the Boat (Ages 8-11)
Climbing and Sailing
In partnership with Petra Cliffs, this week long camp incorporates fun challenges on the water and off. Campers will explore Petra Cliffs climbing center, rope courses, and other activities in addition to learning and improving on the fundamental skills of sailing small boats on Lake Champlain. Additionally, students will spend a full day climbing outside on Thursday in Bolton and a full day sailing on Friday at the CSC.
Community Partner: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Mountaineering School
9am - 4pm
Session 1: July 9-13
Rock the Boat (Ages 12-16)
Climbing and Sailing
In partnership with Petra Cliffs, this week long camp incorporates intermediate challenges on the water and off. Campers will explore Petra Cliffs climbing center, rope courses, and other activities in addition to learning and improving on the fundamental skills of sailing small boats on Lake Champlain. Additionally, students will spend and a full day sailing on Thursday at the CSC and a full day climbing outside on Friday in Bolton.
Community Partner: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Mountaineering School
9am - 4pm
Session 1: July 9-13
All Girls Climbing and Saling
Girls Rock the Boat (Ages 8-11)
All Female Climbing and Sailing
In partnership with Petra Cliffs, this week long, all female camp incorporates fun challenges on the water and off. Campers will explore Petra Cliffs climbing center, rope courses, and other activities in addition to learning and improving on the fundamental skills of sailing small boats on Lake Champlain, all the while developing leadership and teamwork skills. Additionally, students will spend a full day sailing with the CSC on Thursday and a full day climbing outside on Friday in Bolton.
Community Partner: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Mountaineering School
9am - 4pm
Girls Rock the Boat (Ages 12-16)
All Female Climbing and Sailing
In partnership with Petra Cliffs, this week long, all female camp incorporates fun challenges on the water and off. Campers will explore Petra Cliffs climbing center, rope courses, and other activities in addition to learning and improving on the fundamental skills of sailing small boats on Lake Champlain, all the while developing leadership and teamwork skills. Additionally, students will spend a full day climbing outside on Thursday in Bolton and sailing at the CSC on Friday.
Community Partner: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Mountaineering School
9am - 4pm
Sailors and Scientists
Co-Ed Sailors and Scientists (Ages 8-12)
Co-Ed Stem and Sailing
Take science to the lake with this co-ed Community Sailing Center and ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain partner camp. Each morning will begin at ECHO discovering what it means to be a freshwater biologist and designing your very own water sampling equipment followed by afternoons learning basics of sailing keelboats at the Sailing Center! Our major project will be designing your very own plankton net and testing it as you set sail on a keelboat.
Community Partner: ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
9am - 4pm
Youth Summer Racing
BIC Race Camp (Ages 9-11) - NEW!
Building on the skills learned in Level II for 8-10 year olds, this camp is for our younger sailors who are ready to start learning about race technique and strategy in our fleet of single handed O’pen BICs. Sailors will put their new skills to the test by participating in unconventional un-regattas during the week.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level II. Able to right a capsized boat. Able to execute controlled tacks and jibes. Able to make headway upwind. Knowledgeable of basic sail trim.
9am - 4pm
Summer Race Program (Ages 11-16)
The Summer Race Program is designed for Level III graduates. This exciting opportunity will build on the advanced skills and sail theory students received in Level III and will include advanced coaching. Campers will also learn racing skills including starts, tactical tips, and winning strategies. Each two-week program is designed around a local or regional regatta that the team can participate in.
Prerequisites: Level III or equivalent
9am - 4pm